the art of listening 

listening is more than hearing words 

it is greater than the sentences that spill 

tumbling from your open harbor 

telling the story of you 

there is a nuance to what the ears intake 

hearing the drift of silence, 

spacing of syllables,

dead stop pauses of thought,

release of breath at statement end,

or gasp at open mouthed introductions 

listening isn’t the words 

-the pronounciation of facts-

it’s the in betweens

it’s the unspoken lines of speech

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